The Future of Shopping

By Erin Bradley Neer | Trends and ideas disrupting the retail industry.

An Increase in Male Grocery Shoppers Could Lead to Supermarket Changes

There are more men wandering grocery store aisles, reports a new survey from Men's Health. The survey — which only questioned men (insert eye roll) — …

eCommerce

How bots will change the way we shop

If you’ve used the internet or interacted with Alexa lately, you’ve come in contact with some form of artificial intelligence (AI). And if you’ve chatted with Pizza Hut via Facebook Messenger, you’re interacting with a bot. While it may seem strange, chatbots and AI assistants are integrating into …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon is so dominant that even successful retail startups are playing its game

Tuft & Needle is a success story, growing over the last five years to push a new model of e-commerce that's upending traditional bedding sellers. Now, it's heading for the big time with a big expansion of its own brick and mortar stores.<p>Who does a successful startup call when its making such a big …

eCommerce

UK Retailers Lag In Triggered Email And Virtual Reality: Survey

UK shoppers want one-click ordering and virtual reality. But few retailers are providing them.<p>Nor are retailers using the full benefits of email …

Virtual Reality

Why the grim reaper of retail hasn't come to claim Best Buy

Five years ago Best Buy Co. looked like a retail dinosaur, another victim of e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com and other online sellers.<p>The big-box electronics chain was suffering dwindling sales and profits due in good part to “showrooming,” when shoppers would come in to a Best Buy store to check …

eCommerce

Every item is just $3 in this new online grocery store

A new online grocery store is setting itself apart by ditching fancy labels and complex price tags.<p>Brandless, a San Francisco-based startup from serial entrepreneurs Tina Sharkey and Ido Leffler, sells everything from snacks and meal kits to toothpaste and cleaning supplies at the same price: $3 …

eCommerce

Meet the New No-Brand Brands Selling $3 Shampoo

A crop of beauty and personal-care non-brands offer inexpensive products without the marketing markup.<p>In the early ’80s, grocery stores started selling generic products in stark white packaging with minimalist black print that said very little beyond what the product was, like “hand soap” or …

Frugal Living

The Permanent Future Of Conversational Commerce: eBay's RJ Pittman On AI And Chatbots

Fashion and electronics are the two top categories users are browsing on eBay’s Shopbot, according to the e-commerce company’s latest insights.<p>The Facebook Messenger-based chatbot, which launched in October 2016, aims to satisfy consumer demands for richer and more contextually relevant search …

You Never Need to Check Out in This New Chinese Grocery Store

Just walk in, pick up what you want, and walk out through the scanner<p>It must feel so criminal—walk into a grocery store, pick items off the shelves, …

eCommerce

Asos app allows shoppers to snap up fashion

Customers upload photo from magazine or social media and retailer finds a selection of similar styles to buy instantly<p>“Ryan Gosling is my favourite actor so I’m going to look like him,” says the Asos chief executive, Nick Beighton. “Here’s a picture of Ryan looking cool so I’d like something to …

eCommerce

Target CEO Sees Risk in Innovation for Innovation’s Sake

When all Amazon.com's tech innovation (amzn) ever gets from Wall Street and every day consumers is kudos, it's easy to see why brick-and-mortar …

Innovation

Amazon launches Spark, a shoppable feed of stories and photos aimed at Prime members

Amazon today is launching Amazon Spark, a new feature aimed at improving product discovery, which is seemingly inspired by Instagram and its use of shoppable photos. Similarly, Amazon Spark users are encouraged to post stories, ideas and images of products they love, which others can react to with …

Amazon

Wellness Is The New Luxury: Is Healthy And Happy The Future Of Retail?

Saks Fifth Avenue: The Wellery, Photo: Victoria Babchak<p>Consumers are placing more value on health and wellness than on material objects these days, and the definition of health and wellness has evolved. The phrase no longer refers simply to a lack of illness and disease, but to a more holistic …

This Is What Will Make You Want To Shop At Amazon Go No-Checkout Stores

In this Thursday, April 27, 2017, photo people walk past an Amazon Go store in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)<p>Retail checkout machines are about to get a lot smarter, and friendlier for shoppers. NCR, the top self-checkout terminal maker, is among those leading the way.<p>NCR’s President and …

How This Retailer Is Disrupting the Wine Industry One Taste At A Time

When you think about the wine industry, two extremes come to mind: retail locations that sell wines and spirits, where a wide range of bottles are on …

Wine

Virtual Reality Is the Future of Shopping

Online shopping is on the rise—it’s fast and ships directly to your doorstep, sometimes overnight. But with online shopping, you miss the experience …

Virtual Reality

Walmart Expands Use Of Giant Orange Vending Machines For Online Pickups

Walking into your local Walmart you could soon be greeted with a giant, orange vending machine, as the big box retailer expands the self-service …

eCommerce

It's the shopping question of the moment. What's the future for retail in the U.S.?

Robert K. Futterman, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Robert K. Futterman & Associates, and who has more than $10 billion in real estate deals under his belt, said for retailers and shopping malls to survive in the current landscape, deploying a successful digital and …

Trends

Lowe’s Goes High on Innovation

Inside a Lowe’s store in Christiansburg, Va., an employee ­easily plucks a 40-pound air conditioner from the shelf, assisted by a robotic-looking …

Innovation

Why Shoppable Ads Could Be the Next Big Thing in Influencer Marketing

Shoppable ads have soared in popularity over the past year and provided major headway in turning social media users into shoppers, enhancing the …

Marketing

How AR and VR Concept will Enhance your Shopping Experience?

Do you know that lack of Time and Patience in current times is the key factor that has boosted the online shopping trend.<p>But the lack of feel, touch …

eCommerce

In Online Groceries, This Company Does What Even Amazon Can't: Make Money

It’s an open secret in retail that the grocery business is probably the largest market yet left untapped by online retailers. Use of online shopping in grocery is growing but it is still at a remarkably low rate, probably under 7%. Grocery stores are visited by a member of almost every household in …

Five Signs That Stores (Not E-Commerce) Are The Future Of Retail

To say that digital commerce is killing off physical stores is lazy thinking and a half-truth.<p>On the contrary, pure-play online shopping is the imperiled model, evidenced by the lack of e-commerce-only retailers — save for Amazon and eBay — that have gained any meaningful heft and influence.<p>Of …

Thredup Is Opening Its First Store

And that should terrify T.J. Maxx.<p>While retail continues to spiral toward its ill-fated future, there are a few players giving the space a well-needed boost; off-price brands like T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom Rack (and, yes, Amazon) continue to grow.<p>Another one is jumping into the fray, sure that it can …

Trends

Artificial Intelligence in Retail

Over the last few years, artificial intelligence technology has made some interesting advancements across multiple industries. While it may not be so …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon will start selling Nike shoes directly for the first time

To cut down on counterfeiting<p>Amazon and Nike have partnered to help the apparel maker sell its shoes on the e-commerce giant’s website as a way to curb counterfeiting, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. The deal is a big win for both companies. It gives Nike a better grip over regulating the sale of knockoffs …

StubHub follows other ecommerce companies in embracing brick-and-mortar stores

There is little question that the internet and smartphones have changed the face of commerce forever, but a minor trend has emerged over the past few years, one that reveals the inherent need for retailers to get up-close and personal with consumers.<p>StubHub — the latest in a long line of ecommerce …

eCommerce

After Amazon And Casper, Every Online Retailer Will Be Looking For Brick-And-Mortar Partners

Data point one: Last week, it was announced that Amazon will be buying grocery giant Whole Foods in a deal valued at around $13.7 billion. The deal seems to be as yin-yang as they come, with each company’s strengths seemingly complementing the other. The response to the announcement has been an …

eCommerce

Shopping in the future: The tech behind retail

Intelligent Assistants<p>These voice-activated assistants will become the hub of all your shopping activities in your home, be it asking for what you …